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Village Matters

Village Matters

Big Plans vs. Small Adjustments… “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood…” Daniel Burnham.  This advice from one of the designers of the Chicago 1893 World’s Columbian Exhibition, may have been taken too seriously by our governmental policy makers.  Big projects have been proposed in Laguna Beach, time after time, […]

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Debate Housing for the Homeless Based on Facts

Debate Housing for the Homeless Based on Facts

By Marshall Ininns Several misconceptions about Friendship Shelter’s proposed permanent supportive housing apartments have made their way in to public statements and news coverage recently. It’s important that we remember the facts: The Alternative Sleeping Location (ASL) emergency shelter:  There seem to be many misconceptions about the current program at the ASL on Laguna Canyon Road […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

The Temple of Memory Attics and basements were a staple of most houses on the East Coast, where I was brought up. The attic was often stifling hot, cramped and suffocating. You would ascend a steep, narrow stairway, a storage box held precariously in hand, and deposit it in the nearest empty space, relieved to […]

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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

Green with Envy I’m green with envy after reading the Indy article, “A Bond Forged In Salt Water.”  I could never wear those green bathing hats. But the Hales look quite good.  Just to double check, I went to Aliso Creek’s CVS Pharmacy and bought a white bathing cap. They were all out of Shamrock […]

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Photo by Mike Altishin

Photo by Mike Altishin

Consider the Bonita Chiquita Señorita A fish abundantly found in the waters of Laguna Beach is the señorita (Oxyjulis californica).  With its two other locally found relatives, the California sheephead and the rock wrasse, it belongs to the second largest family of marine fishes, the wrasses.  They inhabit the open water around rocky reefs and […]

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An Englishman Abroad… Reflections On Laguna

An Englishman Abroad… Reflections On Laguna

By Richard Grice When I arrived at Laguna Beach, I stood on the high cliffs gazing out across the ocean toward the shadowy outline of Catalina Island. This was the end of the road. The last stop on a journey of classical western culture, which started 2700 years ago when the ancient Greeks founded the […]

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Understanding the Value of Patience During Crisis

Understanding the Value of Patience During Crisis

  The phone rang at 8 p.m. “We need you to go to our client’s office first thing in the morning,” said the insurance agent. “Their CEO was just killed in a plane crash.” I went online and watched horrific TV news coverage of a fiery crash of a private plane at a local airport. […]

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Shore Scene

Shore Scene

Peeping at a Prickly, Purple Pincushion Who would suspect that a prickly, purple pincushion looking thing we see on the rocks would hide a beautiful pale green shell that we find rolling in the waves? This is the test (external skeleton) of the purple sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) that remains after its death. The animal […]

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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

Big Boomer It was a bad day at the office. Well, his moving office to be exact. I read with interest the Indy article, “Crane Rescue Reveals Another Fissure.” My eyes aren’t so good and I thought I read, “Crantz Rescue Reveals Another Fissure.” Imagine my relief when my wife hit me upside the head, […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

Unsolicited Opinions Advice giving is becoming a runaway habit in our society. I suspect it is on the rise in direct proportion to the decline of a general code of accepted behaviors that fall into the old-fashioned category of manners and politeness. Since our local political campaigns are starting to gear up, this might be […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

The Rally Of Summer  For the third time in the past twelve months, the stock market slid into a downtrend and then, after dipping around five percent, rallied and resumed a confirmed uptrend. It’s like contemporary swimming pools with a maximum depth of five feet, making it easier to avoid getting in over your head. […]

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The Slant

The Slant

What’s Under the Sawdust? What has three acres, over 200,000 visitors and sold at least 15,000 cups of beer and 3,600 glasses of wine last year? It’s Lagunas friendliest art show: The Sawdust. If you have never been or have not been in a while, you should come see what you have been missing. The […]

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Showers Insufficient for Budget Travelers

Showers Insufficient for Budget Travelers

Editor, The article read like we should feel guilty and responsible for the homeless. I’m not from Laguna Beach.  I traveled the west coast the last eight weeks with a friend of mine in a van. Wow, driving the “1” was the best way to appreciate the coast. Chrys at Greeter’s Corner made our visit […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

Riding the Moment   There is an old surfer’s proverb that goes like this:  “It’s the same old story.  You gotta cop it sweet.”  In surfing terms, it means when the time is right, go for it.  When the waves are big, surf.  When some other circumstance looks good, go for that, too. They do […]

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The Tale of a Trail

The Tale of a Trail

By Robert Borthwick Lately there is a lot of talk about trails and walkways in Laguna Beach:  bike trails, safe walking routes, “complete streets”, and other methods of non-vehicular circulation.  A few years ago, my firm designed the popular San Clemente Railroad Corridor Beach Trail.  Prior to my involvement, an engineering firm designed an earlier […]